Batangas eyes 2-0 edge

first_imgThe Athletics looked comfortably ahead at 64-54 in the last four minutes before the Cagers mounted a fightback that fell short.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Challenge accepted MOST READcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments After watching a late lead almost slip away in Game 1, Batangas City-Tanduay knows there’s little room for error as the Athletics try to move on the brink of the MPBL Anta Rajah Cup crown on Saturday.Batangas battles Muntinlupa-Angelis Resort anew at Batangas Sports Coliseum, two nights after escaping with a 70-64 win in the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Portugal can eliminate Morocco from World Cup

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Russia has chance to make mark at World Cup with another win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Noureddine Amrabat is a selection doubt after sustaining a head injury against Iran. Though he was reported to be taking a week-long break from training, the 31-year-old midfielder has been back in training working separately from the squad.RECENT HISTORYThere was high drama in stoppage time the last time Ronaldo and Benatia faced each other, in a Champions League quarterfinal, second-leg match in April.Then, Real Madrid and Juventus were heading to extra time with each winning 3-0 away from home.Benatia then pushed Lucas Vazquez in the back as the Madrid and Spain player went to shoot. A penalty was awarded, and Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was sent off for his furious reaction to the referee.Ronaldo scored, inevitably, and Madrid advanced on its way to a record 13th European title.OLDER HISTORYMorocco and Portugal have been down this road before, in a 1986 World Cup group in Mexico.Facing three European opponents, Morocco drew 0-0 with Poland and England, then beat Portugal 3-1 in Guadalajara.Morocco topped that group to enter the Round of 16 and Portugal finished last.center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Morocco defense, however, is proven to be resilient. Anchored by Juventus center back Mehdi Benatia, the Atlas Lions kept six clean sheets in its African qualifying group. It was back in November 2015 that Morocco conceded a single goal to Equatorial Guinea in a two-leg qualifying round won 2-1 on aggregate.“We’re capable of winning the match,” midfielder Faycal Fajr said, citing underdog Iceland’s 1-1 draw against Argentina one day after Morocco’s opener. “I always say, if there’s a will, there’s a way.”“Even after the defeat (to Iran) the atmosphere in the squad is still excellent,” Fajr said.Morocco will aim to convert any early pressure and scoring chances into goals this time, having wasted 13 attempts and 64-percent possession against Iran.Forward Khalid Boutaib could get his chance to start after Ayoub El Kaabi was preferred by coach Herve Renard in St. Petersburg.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his side’s opening goal during the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal can send Morocco to an early World Cup exit on Wednesday.A second straight defeat would ensure elimination for the North African side which has not let an opposing player score in this World Cup campaign since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT An own goal by Morocco forward Aziz Bouhaddouz in stoppage-time was decisive in a 1-0 loss to Iran last Friday in a game it mostly dominated.“Because they lost the first game, Morocco will give everything. They have no other choice,” Portugal forward Andre Silva said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPortugal’s opening 3-3 draw with Spain in a World Cup classic means Morocco must take at least one point before the Spanish play Iran in Wednesday’s late game in Kazan.That will mean stopping Ronaldo on the main stage of Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after his irresistible hat trick in Sochi, including a stunning late free kick. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA: San Beda overcomes Letran in OT

first_imgSan Beda took another victory after overcoming archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran, 80-76, in overtime in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ John Quinto had 21 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists for the Knights while JP Calvo had 14 points and six assists.center_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Red Lions not only one-upped the Knights again, they also stretched their perfect run to five games in the season while Letran slipped to 4-2.Robert Bolick sizzled for the defending champions with 20 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists while Donald Tankoua had 11 points and 13 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“As what I’ve said, it will be a tough game against Letran, it’s really the rivalry worth watching,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez. “The coaches of Letran did a good job on this game, we should’ve won in regulation, just credit to Letran.”AC Soberano was the main man for the Red Lions in the overtime period where he scored all six of his points to help the defending champions outscore the Knights, 11-6. Halep doubles up in Montreal by destroying Williams in straight sets Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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Bittersweet

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Guiao feels Korea has no one to defend Clarkson in quarters “I already beat her before,” Ochoa said. “She was the one who surprised me this time. She got me, and it wasn’t really a close match because I wasn’t able to attack.”Annie Ramirez, another former champion, and five other jiujitsu bets take the mat for the Philippines on Saturday when the country’s athletics bets also see action and BMX ace Daniel Caluag defends the only gold the country won in the last Asiad.“I’m definitely more prepared now than (I was) in Incheon,” Caluag.Carlos Yulo, a day after floundering in his pet floor exercise in gymnastics, finished way out of the medal in the vault at Jakarta International Expo’s Hall D.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boxing got off on the wrong foot over at Jakarta International Expo’s Hall B, with Joel Bacho going down against unimpressive Iranian Kazemzadeh Poshtiri Sajjad, 4-1, in their first round men’s welterweight (69kg) bout.Ochoa, the gold medal winner in the World Tour in London last March, was doing great with two victories before running smack into a Vietnamese foe she had beaten before but one whom she said “neutralized” her when it mattered.Duong Than Minh took the 27-year-old Ochoa out of the gold medal race with a victory by decision in the quarterfinals, making the Filipino go through a dominant victory over Mongolia’s Bayarmaa Munkhgerel in the repechage for a shot at the bronze.Napolis became Ochoa’s foe after going down to eventual champion Jessa Khan of Cambodia, losing by decision in the semifinals.And Ochoa is blaming her inability to dispose of Duong—someone she had beaten before—in the quarterfinals for falling short, and eventually drawing her good friend.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Siramol Deepudsa of Thailand, right, competes with Margarita Ochoa of Philippines, left, during newaza women’s – 49 kilogram jujitsu at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)JAKARTA—Needing to go up against a good friend and teammate, Meggie Ochoa claimed an Asian Games bronze in the 49-kg division of jiujitsu Friday afternoon at the expense of Jenna Kaila Napolis—a medal that may have counted for the country but one she didn’t feel completely good about winning.“I had mixed feelings because I had to go up against a very good friend,” Ochoa said after the 2-0 victory over Napolis that gave the Philippines its sixth bronze medal that went with its only gold won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz last Tuesday at Gelaro Bung Karno Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “It certainly doesn’t feel good, though the country could use the medal (in the tally),” Ochoa added. “Situations don’t turn out the way you want them to be. God has plans for all of us. And I know that there is something better than this (bronze, in the future).”Also to count in the country’s medal haul will be two sure bronze medals in pencak silat, a non-aggressive form of Indonesian martial arts where Jefferson Rhey Loon and Dines Dumaan won their quarterfinal matches against separate foes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Loon scored a 4-0 win over Kyrgyzstan’s Almazbek Zamirov in the 60-65 kg division, while Dines posted a 5-0 win over Pakistan’s Adnan in the 50-55kg weight class. Their next matches will be held on Sunday with Dumaan clashing with Malaysia’s M Nasir Muhammad Faizul.Loon battles Vietnam’s Nguyen Ngoc Tuan for a place in the gold medal match. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Philippines not taking shorthanded Qatar lightly

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The slew of injuries have left Qatar no choice but to field in a young and inexperienced core and even force one of its veterans in Yasseen Musa to come out of retirement.The Qataris’ tough predicament, however, aren’t out to make excuses despite the tough predicament that they’re in.“We have a lot of young guys, new players so we don’t know how the game is gonna be but we are ready to play,” said the 38-year-old Musa, who called it quits after helping Qatar finish sixth in the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship in Manila.Still, Gilas can’t afford to take its opponent lightly especially with the Nationals coming off an 81-73 loss to Iran on Thursday in Tehran.“There’s gonna be guys who come and step up in their absences so we have to treat this game like it’s do-or-die,” Wright said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Philippines guard Alex Cabagnot gestures against Iran. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas guards Alex Cabagnot and Matthew Wright said the Philippines can’t let its guard down against an ailing Qatar side on Monday night in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. The Qataris won’t be having four of their key players, including naturalized forward Trey Johnson, due to injuries, but Cabagnot and Wright know the team still can’t afford to play below par.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college AVC Asian Cup: PH fails to sustain strong start, falls to Australia in 5 sets Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We’re treating everybody, we’re scouting everybody as how they should be. They should be respected,” Cabagnot told reporters Sunday on the eve of the Philippines’ closed-door duel at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“That’s not our problem. We’re gonna focus on whoever is going to be in their lineup. We know that there’s some pretty significant players that are injured who are not on the lineup but we can’t soften up or lessen our intensity just because of that,” Wright, who is making his return after serving a one-game suspension, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJohnson and company were also sidelined against Australia on Thursday where Qatar absorbed a 95-43 whipping in Doha.“They’re the best of Qatar. Just because the four guys are not playing, it doesn’t mean the next guys coming in for them or playing more minutes for them are not capable of doing what the four guys are doing,” said Cabagnot. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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PBA Finals: Magnolia guards outshine Alaska counterparts in Game 1

first_imgSpry guard Jio Jalalon also gave Magnolia a lift with an all-around effort of seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Paul Lee added 14 points. Jalalon was a game-high plus-29.“I thought their guards just took it at us. They handled us,” Alaska head coach Alex Compton said.Alaska’s guards on the other hand, couldn’t get anything going in the first half where Magnolia took control of the game. Guards Chris Banchero, Jvee Casio and Simon Enciso scored just two points each in the first two quarters.Banchero, who is playing his best basketball this conference and leads all locals in assists per game, finished with 12 points, six assists and six turnovers while Enciso and Casio had nine and seven points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Running and music go together for 12,000 Filipinos who joined this year’s The Music Run by Philam Vitality Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESOne of Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero’s concerns heading into the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals series against Alaska was the Aces’ bevy of guards led by Chris Banchero.Magnolia’s guards, however, had something to say about that in the Hotshots’ 100-84 ripping of the Aces in Game 1.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We talked about the imports are a given that they would cancel each other out and it would boil down to the guards. That’s their strength and it’s also our strength so we need to match their effort,” said Hotshots guard Mark Barroca.Barroca played a vital role in the finals opener, finishing with 16 points and five steals. He had 10 points alone in the fourth quarter, including seven in a telling 9-0 run that sealed the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a veteran and he knows how to play in the championship series,” Victolero said of Barroca, a five-time champion and one-time Finals MVP.“He did a good job on both ends of the floor and i expect my guards to at least matchup with Alaska’s guards. I’m happy because our guards really stepped up.” No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

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Naito destruction puts Rene Catalan in ONE world title conversation

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PBA: Magnolia dismantles Columbian Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Rene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines — Don’t be surprised if Rene Catalan’s next fight is for the ONE world title.He certainly deserves a shot.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But before his rise to relevance in the cage, Catalan first had to overcome early adversities in his career.Catalan was 35 when he made his MMA debut back in 2013. He lost his first two assignments against former world champions Alex Silva and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke.The 40-year-old Catalan has been on a resurgence since and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down just yet.“That is my ultimate dream before retiring, winning a World Championship,” said Catalan, a wushu gold medalist in the 2006 Asian Games.“I know that it won’t get easier, but I’m gonna hurdle every obstacle and I’m gonna take out everything that gets in my way of reaching my dreams.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catalan made a strong case for the strawweight strap after toppling former world champion Yoshitaka Naito in ONE: Reign of Valor in Myanmar.“I’m really happy because I’m one step closer now to my dreams which is a world title shot,” said Catalan, who improved his record to 6-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Naito is well experienced, and he really showed why he’s a former World Champion. I’m just really happy to get the win.”It was Catalan’s sixth consecutive victory and it certainly put himself in a great position to contend for the strawweight championship, which will be disputed by Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta and Joshua “Passion” Pacio in ONE: Roots of Honor on 12 April in Manila. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READlast_img read more

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The African Union vs. Women, Peace and Security

first_imgIn November 2005, the African Union (AU) Protocol of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa came into force. This Protocol provides a legal framework committing African leaders to the principles of gender equity and sets out key protection mechanism for African Women.The document further seeks to address violations of African women’s rights, outlines a framework for the protection of women in armed conflict.Thus far, 15 African states have ratified the protocol: Benin, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Gambia, Libya, Lesotho, Mali, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Senegal and Togo.The protocol builds on efforts to promote the participation of women in decision-making and gender equity at the level of African institutions over the last five years, through such instruments as the AU’s 2004 Heads of State solemn Declaration on Gender Equity in Africa.This declaration commits AU members to ensure full and effective participation and representation of women in peace process, including the prevention, resolution and management of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The rationale for this stipulation is the understanding that, where women are visible in decision-making roles, their issues and concerns can be mainstreamed into policies and programs.Significantly, resolution 1325 represents an official endorsement by the UN Security Council of the inclusion of civil society in peace process and the implementation of peace agreements.The resolution pledges that UN missions will consult with local and international women’s groups during peacekeeping efforts. For example, the Liberian Women’s Network (WIPNET) was called by the UN mission in 2004 to assist during the country’s time of crisis. Women’s activism prior to and during peace negotiations can thus provide a platform for the increased participation of women in post-conflict reconstruction efforts.The relevance of women in peacekeeping initiatives on the continent has been increasingly apparent in recent years. Here in Liberia for example, women were markedly involved in the effort to end the country’s civil war. In 2003, a campaigned entitled “Mass Action for Peace” incorporated women from many sectors of Liberia, ranging from those in displaced camps, to churches and NGOs. Adopting the slogan “We want Peace; No More War,” these women who always dressed in white, became a constant presence on the streets on Monrovia.As support for this initiative became acknowledged, women were later able to talk to then President Charles Taylor. Members of the group demanded an unconditional ceasefire, dialogue for a negotiated settlement and an external intervention force. When peace talk started, Liberian women were able to make their presence felt with the support of the Women in Peace-building Network (of the West Africa Network for Peace building, WANEP) and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET).During the negotiation process, these organizations held a parallel meeting of women who put forth “The Golden Tulip Declaration of Liberian Women Attending the Peace Talks” in August 2003. The declaration identified the recommendations of Resolution 1325 for the incorporation of a gender perspective into peace keeping and participation of women in peace negotiations and post-conflict reconstruction.Grassroots women’s groups have also shown ingenuity in advocating their inclusion in peace processes. Women have used song and dance peacefully to demonstrate for inclusion in these processes.With regard to the involvement of women in peace process on the continent, it was recommended that civil society and women’s groups are included from the outset. Financial and human resources need to be made available to support the efforts of women to be included in peace processes. Many women make personal and public sacrifices to challenge systems that have negative attitudes towards the leadership of women.Dissemination strategies also need to be extended to inform women of their rights as enshrined in resolution 1325. Such strategies must be “user-friendly” through further translation into local languages.Finally, for resolution 1325 ultimately to be successful, gender considerations must inform all African peace and security policies, post conflict reconstruction, justice and development programs nationally and internationally.Support is required to maintain and increase the solidarity and morale of women peace activist under such circumstances. Documents for this story were provided by the Center for Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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CARI Team Manager Unveils Dev. Plans for 2014

first_imgThe Team Manager at the Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) in Suakoko District, Bong County, Mr. Aaron Marshall, has disclosed his administration would continue its support of the human resources development of the institute.In an interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend at his CARI Office, Mr. Marshall stressed that when capacity is improved, productivity would also be enhanced. This all around improvement would help smallholders to access markets in the country for the enhancement and governance of selected value chains that include rice, plantain and cassava.The CARI Team Manager divulged that an additional six Liberian masters degree holders in specialized areas are coming to join the CARI to improve access to markets by improving productivity in a sustainable way and introducing institutional development.Mr. Marshall informed this reporter that his administration’s primary objective at CARI is to support rehabilitation of the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.The CARI Team Manager explained the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI) would work along with the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) and the Government of Liberia (GOL) to restore the productive assets of farmers and farmers’ groups and build essential infrastructure to support food production, marketing and processing activities.Mr. Marshall was swift to inform this paper that the role of the Ministry of Agriculture is to produce a level playing field through the provision of elite planting materials for farmers and farmers’ groups.He indicated that through the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP), AfricaRice and the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) CARI would provide seeds of improved varieties to poor small-scale farmers for an affordable amount.  “CARI has planted 25 hectares of improved cassava—there are 20 different varieties of cassava that can give ten times the present yield compared to the traditional cassava known as “Bassa Girl,” Mr. Marshall explained.The CARI Team Manager specified that in 2014, around 150 metric tons of improved seeds would be available to smallholder farmers through the county agriculture coordinator, but clarified that they would not be free. “There are many obstacles that prevent us from developing as we ought to. One of the impediments is the practice of paternalism where we give things freely to people. Here at CARI, we do not give things free to people, you have to pay something for it” Mr. Marshall noted.Mr. Marshall further explained that CARI as agricultural institution will work with poor rural communities to enable them to grow and sell more food, increase their incomes and determine the direction of their own lives by breaking out of poverty.“There is a high incidence of poverty in this country where the potential of agriculture is not yet realized” the CARI Team Manager declared.Commenting on achievements over the past two years, Mr. Marshall said the institution has renovated three fish ponds for the maintenance of fingerlings that will be sold to farmers for reasonable price, the regular supply of electricity through the provision of government subsidy, the trainings of farmers and extension workers on a regular basis, the procurement of new tractors and the recruitment of five PhD holders from IITA and AfricaRice to help monitor the younger scientists by showing research mentality, research design and approaches.On the question of challenges, Mr. Marshall informed this paper that due to limited housing facility as the result of the UNMIL Bangladeshi soldiers using the housing facilities, senior staff are constrained to share an apartment.He said with the arrival of additional staff, it will be extremely difficult to accommodate the staff and then used the occasion to appeal to the Ministry of Agriculture and the Government of Liberia to see reason to relocate the UNMIL soldiers as a means of providing housing facility for the additional staff that are to arrive soon at the institute to beef up the strength and production of the institute.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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In Compliance with Sirleaf’s Mandate, UL Closed

first_imgUntil the presidential mandate ordering the closure of all institutions of learning in the country on Wednesday, classes at the University of Liberia (UL) had been ongoing, although an increasing number of students had begun staying away from classes due to the spread of the Ebola virus.However, in compliance with the President’s directive and as part of the fight against the Ebola epidemic, the administration of the UL on July 31 announced the closure of all academic activities effectively immediately until further notice.The UL Administration, in a joint session of the Faculty Senate and Council and in consultation with UL president, Prof. Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, had, before the President’s address to the nation, by its own discretion, decided to close the university on Saturday, August 2, in response to the Ebola threat.Dr. Dennis is presently out of the country.The decision to close the institution was predicated upon a series of lectures that are being delivered by Dr. Vuyu Kanda Golakai, vice president for Health Sciences and Dean of the UL’s A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, as well as other professors, on the dangers of the dreaded virus.While the UL remains ‘temporarily’ closed, the administration is asking vice presidents, administrative directors, deans and the associate vice president for Human Resource to “kindly maintain a very minimal staff to respond to emergencies, if any.”Meanwhile, all support staffers who are not specifically requested to form a part of the skeletal staff are being asked to stay away from any of the campuses.At the same time, the UL Administration is requesting all members of the UL family to continue monitoring the university-owned radio, LUX 106.6 FM, for updates and announcements concerning the resumption of normal activities.On Wednesday, President Sirleaf announced that,Without exception, all schools are also ordered closed pending further directive from the Ministry of Education, the President ordered as parts of measures to contain the deadly Ebola menace.All non-essential staff, to be determined by their Minister or Head of Agency to be placed on a 30-day compulsory leaveFriday, August 1 is declared a non-working day, to be used for the disinfection and chlorination of all public facilities; all borders that are to remain opened are to be directly supervised and controlled by the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization whose duties it shall be, working with the assigned health authorities, to ensure strict adherence to announced preventive measures including preliminary testing for fever.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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